Wednesday, March 31, 2010

East Bay Parks Has Summer Jobs Available !

Job Title

Summer Intern

Opening Date

03/17/2010 - 12:00am

Application Deadline

04/21/2010 - 5:00pm

About the Position

PAY RATE: $13.53 per hour
The East Bay Regional Park District is a public agency special district, established in 1934 to provide park and open space needs to the residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  With more than 65 parks, over 100,000 acres, and over 1150 miles of trails, we are the largest regional parkland agency in the nation.  Each year the District employs approximately two-dozen student interns with a primary program purpose to offer students a paid and enriching on-the-job learning experience, relevant to their area of academic study.
Under direction of a project supervisor, an intern is assigned to work on a specific project approximately 40 hours a week for a short-term period of 10-12 weeks. This year's program has ten (10) separate projects; see the attached 2010 Summer Intern Project Preference Form.

General Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Must be in attendance at, or on legitimate leave from a high school, trade school, college or university. Academic background compatible to departmental assigned projects.
  • License: Must possess a valid California Driver's License.  This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the General Manager for disabled or other applicants where the projects are such that a valid California Driver's License would not be necessary.
  • Majors Encouraged: Natural Sciences, Parks and Recreation, Business, Computer Sciences, Library Science, Fire Science, Geography, and English, or other closely compatible majors.  (Each individual project requires different educational specialties).

General Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Ability to investigate and analyze situations, plan and organize research.  Ability to speak and write effectively.  Ability to follow instructions and to maintain harmonious working relations with fellow employees and the public. (Each individual project requires different knowledge, skills, and/or abilities.)

Selection Process

All applicants will receive a letter within three weeks after the filing deadline.  Application materials of all applicants will be screened.  Candidates with complete packages and whose qualifications most closely match project needs will be referred to the project supervisors.  Project supervisors will select the best-qualified candidates for interview. 

How to Apply

Interested students may download application materials below; may pick them up by visiting the District's Administrative Offices at 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA; or may call the Human Resources Division at (510) 544-2154 to request that they be mailed. The completed materials must arrive in the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Postmarks or faxed applications are not acceptable. Application materials for this position consist of:
  1. Click here to download an EBRPD Application for Employment form. (This form must be completely filled out) AND
  2. Click here to download the 2010 Summer Intern Project Preference form. (Attach to the application.) AND
  3. Click here to download the 2010 Summer Intern Supplemental Statement. (Attach to the application). The purpose of this form is to detail your interest in one or more projects.  A resume may be attached but should not be substituted for the Supplemental Statement or any other part of the application packet.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cougar Canyon / Mountain Lion Alley


The small unincorporated town of La Honda, California has been in the news quite a bit this year... It seems that there have been an unusual number of Mountain Lion sightings and encounters in the past few months in and around La Honda ... A  mauled deer carcass was found just last Monday morning in La Honda as well ... I looked at  La Honda on Google Earth and it definitely looks like some prime big kitty real estate... As you can see in this Google image shown below here this is a perfect Cougar canyon with great ocean front access ...
 Here are some links to just a few of the Headlines from La Honda this year ...Two Mountain Lions in La Honda      Mountain Lion Sightings     Mountain Lion Apparently Kills Deer      Mountain Lions Evade Capture in Ca.    2 Hikers Fend Off A Pair of Mountain Lions      Pescadero Park Reopens After Mountain Lion Scare       More Sightings In La Honda This Year  

The City of Concord Then and Now

Here are two very different pictures taken of the same place ... Above here is a photograph of the very rural and  beautiful Concord California way down in the meadows at the base of Mt.Diablo...This picture was taken eighty years ago back in 1930 ... Below here is another photograph taken of the same valley from the same vantage point fifteen years ago back in 1995 ... Wow what a difference !   We are still developing in this valley ...  Even now there are huge plans to develop most all of the Naval weapons land and many other areas that surround the mountain ...  It is no wonder that there are deer and other wild animals living among us... When you look at these pictures you can easily see how dramatically their roaming range has disappeared over the last eighty years in the Diablo Valley ...These pictures were found at the Contra Costa Historical Society a very cool site for exploring the rich history of our area ...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Creative, Unusual And Diverse Photography

These are the works of photographer Aaron Nace. Who can be described as creative, unusual and diverse himself. He makes some interesting works with an original approach and a good sense of humor.